I've worked as a virtual assistant for a while now and my niche has changed over the years, from administrative/personal assistant-type responsibilities to social media management to blogging. I've blogged for clients quite a bit and I've blogged for myself off and on. Right now, I'm taking Ruth Soukup's Elite Blog Academy class. All I can say is, "Whoa!" This sucker is not for the casual blogger. You better be ready to put on your big girl panties and get to work! I hemmed and hawed about whether I should sign up for the class or not. When I started seeing a whole lot of posts about her class, I took that as a sign that I better sign up if I really wanted to be serious about blogging. The fact that the class only opens up once a year put some urgency into my decision-making. I'm definitely seeing the benefits already.
So, why do bloggers blog? Well, I can't speak for anyone else but I can share the reasons why I do. Here you go:
Sharing and helping.
In my circle of friends, I'm known as the one that gives out advice. It could be about finding a work from home job, it might be about raising an autistic child. I might get a question about launching and running a business. I don't care how many times I get asked the same question because I love to share what I've learned with others. I look at it this way: someone took the time to share their knowledge with me, it would be selfish if I didn't do the same.
I love to write.
If you're gonna blog, you better at least love to write. I used to keep a diary when I was younger and I wrote lots of short stories, scribbling them down in multiple notebooks. I recently read one of my son's school assignments and his love of writing was apparent. This mama was proud! Maybe I passed on the "love of writing" gene. And make sure you love what you're writing about. I'm never going to write about sci-fi flicks because I don't like sci-fi. But I'll write about the stuff I know about all day long.
I love running a business.
Don't get me wrong, I love the day job I have at my church. I get to mentor kids and help the community. Totally love it. But I just can't shake the entrepreneur bug out of my system. And trust me, running a blog is a business. If you don't look at it that way, then you've just got a hobby. You've got all sorts of stuff to do that no one else ever sees, like accounting and marketing. Tasks that you don't get paid for but still need to be done. There's a sense of pride you get when you launch your own business.
I get to meet people.
Truly, I'm an introvert. I'm comfortable with talking to people I know fairly well but perfect strangers, not so much. I recently went to a women's conference and I was so worried about meeting new people that I almost didn't go. I'm no good at mingling and making small talk. But when you blog, you're actually talking and mingling with your readers and other bloggers/business owners without having the pressure of a face-to-face. I've met some truly amazing folks that I probably wouldn't have if I wasn't blogging.
So, those are my reasons for blogging. If you're a blogger, I'd love to hear your WHY's. Share your reasons in the comments. And thanks so much for stopping by!